Playoff Capsule: New York Knicks

The New York Knicks went 3-1 against the Boston Celtics this season, handling them with ease in the final two matchups and splitting two other close games. But in their first round playoff series, we can safely expect the Celtics to tighten up their defense and raise their level of play by a few … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks might have the most oddly constructed roster in the league. There are gritty swingmen Luc Richard Mbah A Moute and Marquis Daniels, notable chuckers Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, long-overshadowed defensive athletic big men in Larry Sanders and Ekpe Udoh, sweet shooters Mike … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets are borderline monomaniacal in their pursuit of shots at the rim. For the fourth time in George Karl's eight seasons as head coach, the Nuggets led the league in field goal attempts in the restricted area. The gap between Denver (3316 attempts, or 40.43 per game) and the team with … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Boston Celtics

Of all the difficult teams to project in the 2013 NBA Playoffs, arguably the most difficult is the Boston Celtics. Boston's season has been an incredible roller-coaster of winning streaks, losing streaks, key injuries, small injuries to key players and individual hot and cold streaks that it's … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers embody many different identities. They're an explosive bunch -- often specified by the popular moniker, Lob City -- that ironically thrives when the pace is slowed down. They were a surefire threat in December, going 16-0 and compiling a 17-game winning streak that somehow … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Houston Rockets

There’s nothing remarkably complex about Houston’s offense, mainly because, as scholars such as Zach Lowe have noted, Houston’s youth necessitated a simplified offense. Yet, while the offense may not be as intricate as, say, the triangle,  it is undeniably effective, not to mention efficient, as … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks find themselves in a familiar spot once again this year; headed to the playoffs as a middle seed in the Eastern Conference for the fifth consecutive year (8 seed in 2008). However, there are some major differences that separate this year’s team from those in the past. The most notable … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Miami Heat

When the super friends joined forces in Miami, most expected their offense to be the primary driving force to the team's success. As it turned out, they soon received league-wide acclaim for their suffocating defense and that eventually became Miami's identity. This season, Miami has embraced a … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are something between utter mystery and known commodity. As of January 1st they had realistic ambitions of home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.  Six weeks later they were clinging to postseason hopes for dear life.  David Lee was the team's lone … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Los Angeles Lakers

Let's be honest with each other for a moment -- without Kobe Bryant the Los Angeles Lakers are about to tip-toe into the deep end of the pool without knowing how to swim. Or, shorter, they're screwed. So screwed. Much of their offense over these 82 games has been built around Bryant's ability either … [Read more...]